Movement

Movement is the essence of life.

Now more than ever we move less and sit more, our sedentary lives do not do us any favours. Your body is meant to move, twist, turn, run and generally be active.

Problems with a sedentary lifestyle

A sedentary lifestyle is defined as sitting — whether at a work desk or in front of the TV — for at least six hours per day. 

It is a type of lifestyle involving little or no physical activity. A person living a sedentary lifestyle is often sitting or lying down while engaged in an activity like reading, socialising, watching television, playing video games, or using a mobile phone/computer for much of the day.

A lack of physical activity is projected to put nearly 1.4 billion people worldwide at risk for chronic diseases like diabetes or heart disease.

Leonie Heron, the Ph.D. candidate at Queens University Belfast who authored this work, shows in her paper that prolonged sedentary behavior cost the UK an estimated £762 million between 2016 and 2017 and was associated with 69,279 deaths in the UK in 2016. The paper was published Monday in the journal Epidemiology and Community Health. ‘

Attempts to treat patients with all of these conditions is what costs the UK millions of pounds per year, she says. The high death count is due to the failure of those treatments.

Number of inactive Britons

‘ More than 20 million people in the UK are physically inactive, according to a report by the British Heart Foundation. ‘

According to Leonie Heron

‘ As it stands, 29 percent of men and women in the UK were sedentary for at least six hours per weekday in 2016. Sitting is is an inescapable part of working a desk job, but there are still ways to mitigate the risks ‘

‘ If even 10 percent of people managed to sit for less than six hours per day, then 4,802 lives could have been saved in 2016, she says. If 30 percent of people achieved that task, 12,006 people could have been saved. And if 50 percent of the country managed to do so, then 24,012 people might not have died.’

Defining Activity Guidelines

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For any type of activity to benefit your health, you need to be moving quick enough to raise your heart rate, breathe faster and feel warmer. This level of effort is called moderate intensity activity. If you're working at a moderate intensity you should still be able to talk but you won't be able to sing the words to a song.

An activity where you have to work even harder is called vigorous intensity activity. There is substantial evidence that vigorous activity can bring health benefits over and above that of moderate activity. You can tell when it's vigorous activity because you're breathing hard and fast, and your heart rate has gone up quite a bit. If you're working at this level, you won't be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath.

The benefits

Given the overwhelming evidence, it seems obvious that we should all be physically active. It's essential if you want to live a healthy and fulfilling life into old age.

It's medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:

  • up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke

  • up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes

  • up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer

  • up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer

  • a 30% lower risk of early death

  • up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis

  • up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture

  • a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)

  • up to a 30% lower risk of depression

  • up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

The Mission

Our aim is to get you on the right path by getting you moving and finding ways to incorporate activity into your daily life, through specific workouts and habit formation.

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